UPDATED ON 6: 1 Suspect Arrested In McDuffie County Drug Bust - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

UPDATED ON 6: 1 Suspect Arrested In McDuffie County Drug Bust

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***UPDATED at 7:20 A.M. on Saturday, August 3rd***

Richmond County investigators say they arrested at least one person in connection to Friday's drug raid in McDuffie County.

Investigators charged the two suspects for having meth and carrying a firearm.

Investigators seized thousands of dollars worth of drugs.

The drug bust happened at Whitaker Farms. That's off Whitaker Road.

The GBI, FBI, and local authorities were all involved in the month long investigation.

After a final tip off Thursday night, authorities got search warrants approved.

The Whitaker Farms' owners' names have been cleared and are not suspects in the case.

We're still waiting on the names of the two people who were arrested.

***UPDATED at 4:40 P.M. on Friday, August 2nd***

Some new information has been released concerning a drug bust that took place Friday afternoon in McDuffie County.

Investigators say, about noon on Friday, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, along with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office and the Regional K-9 Task Force executed a search warrant at Whitaker Dairy Farm, which is located off of Highway 221.

During the course of this investigation and search, investigators from Richmond County Sheriff's Office and the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office seized a half a pound of methamphetamine, numerous firearms, and a marijuana plant.

Further investigation revealed that a small explosive device was recovered, which resulted in several members of the Richmond County Sheriff's Bomb Squad rendering the area safe by detonating the small device.

Due to the scene consisting of 550 acres, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents were called in to assist in the collection of evidence and on-site security.

Investigators say it should be noted that members of the Whitaker family were not the focus of this investigation and cooperated fully with this investigation.

Investigators are currently in the interviewing phase where "persons of interests" are being questioned. There have been no arrest as of yet, but some arrests are expected in the future. This investigation is an ongoing investigation.

We will continue to follow this developing story and provide more details as they become available.


***UPDATED at 1:58 P.M. on Friday, August 2nd***

New information is coming in from McDuffie County.

News Channel 6 has learned that the investigation at the Whitaker Farm has been going on for a month. The Whitaker family are not suspect, but their workers are. The FBI is bringing in Spanish translators to conduct interviews.

Investigators estimate that there is 50- thousand dollars worth of drugs, including marijuana and methamphetamine, were found on the 500 acre farm, inside and near one of the worker's homes. There was not a working meth lab, however. The methamphetamine was being imported.

Arrests are currently pending.

Count on News Channel 6 to have the very latest as it becomes available.


***UPDATED at 11:58 A.M. on Friday, August 2nd***

We have learned that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is assisting in the investigation.

Also, our crew on the scene has reported hearing an explosion and is moving further back from the scene for their safety.

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide the latest details as they become available.


***POSTED at 11:51 A.M. on Friday, August 2nd***

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned of a large drug bust currently underway in McDuffie County.

The drug bust is taking place at Whitaker Farm.

Currently, there are officers and agents from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, McDuffie County Sheriff's Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI are on the scene.

Details are limited at this time. We have a crew on the scene and we will provide more information as it becomes available.

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